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Vandals can't be allowed to halt Thatcher statue: May

By Sam Lister

Plans to put up a statue of Margaret Thatcher should not be stopped because of fears of vandalism, Theresa May has said.

Fears that a monument to the late premier would be defaced have been blamed for it not being erected.

But the Prime Minister said: "What I'm very clear about is there should be no suggestion that the threat of vandalism should stop a statue of Margaret Thatcher from being put up."

Backers of the statue hoped the memorial to Britain's first female Prime Minister, reported to cost £300,000, would join the likes of Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and other political greats in Parliament Square.

However, the Public Memorials Appeal Trust saw its application derailed after objections from the arm's-length Government organisation that maintains the square and from local campaigners.

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